In December, our cameras were with a team from HSI at one of those rescues in Namyangju, about an hour outside the capital of Seoul. They rescued 170 dogs from that farm alone, including hounds, Chihuahuas and golden retrievers. In a strange and disturbing twist, the owner of that farm told us he has a dog for a pet, in addition to his so-called “meat dogs.”

“I love all animals. … I am raising an English bulldog. … He has so much character and is adorable. I’m going to take care of him until he passes away,” Kim Young Hwan told us.